Joe Haase pitched eight innings of three-run ball and Kevin Plawecki hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, as the Big Ten Pitcher and Player of the Year led No. 15 Purdue baseball to a 5-4 victory against Ohio State Thursday evening on day two of the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue advances to play instate rival and No. 2 seed Indiana at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday live on BTN/BTN2Go. The winner of Friday night’s game advances to the tourney title game.
Indiana opened the Big Ten Tournament in thrilling fashion, plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Hoosiers completed a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Michigan State. Michael Basil’s two-run double to deep right center lifted IU past the Buckeyes in the bottom of the eighth. A gutty performance from starter Joey DeNato, multiple clutch hits and a roller-coaster final frame from Jonny Hoffman combined to secure Indiana’s triumph.
I’m continuing my super-early look at each week of the 2012 Big Ten football season as a way to preview the entire campaign. Here’s my Week 4 schedule analysis in this post and watch our feature on Michigan State’s memorable 2010 win over Notre Dame now. And you can catch up by looking back now at my Week 1, Week 2 Week 3 posts.
Penn State dropped its second game of the Big Ten Tournament to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 12-3 on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Nittany Lions are eliminated from the tournament. Penn State finishes the season 29-27 overall, the program’s second-straight winning season. Senior Sean Deegan led the game off with a home run, his Big Ten leading 12th of the season. After that, it was all Cornhuskers, collecting 18 hits in the victory.
After years of stability under Kirk Ferentz, the Iowa coaching staff has undergone a big transformation. How big? For the first time since taking the job in 1999, Ferentz will have new coordinators. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker retired, while offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe left to take a job with the Miami Dolphins. Ferentz promoted defensive backs coach Phil Parker to run the defense. But Ferentz went outside the Iowa family when it came time to find an offensive coordinator and hired Greg Davis.
Just like clockwork, your daily Big Ten football links are here. Some interesting stuff, including talk of Penn State perhaps being a sleeper and a look at Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten grid teams. Life is good, people.
Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Purdue nipped heated rival and No. 2 Indiana, 6-5, in the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night (recap). The tournament crown marks Purdue’s first in school history. With the win, the Boilers earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. Check out the BTN TV schedule to see what’s coming up, including re-airs of the games. Online, we posted video highlights and interviews. Relive the entire tournament here.